map of the middle earth

So I was staring at my Middle Earth map poster for no reason today

and for the first time, I notice this blip down in the southwest corner…


let me rephrase

the Meneltarma of Numenor, the giant mountain atop which was a sacred shrine to Eru, still stands above the waves despite the total destruction of the island by Eru.

as @samwise-po-tay-toe-gamgee so beautifully put it, HE SANK EVERYTHING BUT THE FUCKING SHRINE TO HIMSELF

Thorin: What do you mean we have to take a short cut through Mirkwood?

Thorin’s Map.

Map of Middle Earth.

Radagast: You did that on purpose, didn’t you?

Gandalf: I have no idea what you are talking about, Radagast.

Radagast: Why didn’t you just go around the Rhovanion?

Gandalf: They needed to get to Erebor before Durin’s Day.

Radagast: They were in Thranduil’s dungeons for a month, Gandalf.

Gandalf: Really? I didn’t know.

Radagast: Yes, you did.

Gandalf: Quiet. They were on an adventure.


Happy Tolkien Week and an early happy Hobbit Day, friends!*

Did you know that the Dwarves of Middle-earth drew maps with East at the top?  Thrór’s Map is a great example, with lots of Old English runes to boot!  I spent some time examining the great red dragon Smaug, but I was fascinated most of all by the moon-letters.  Do you think these moon-letters could help me find a stash of neverending dandies?

* Hobbit Day, aka the birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins and the day that determines when Tolkien Week is, is actually tomorrow, Sept. 22.  We are celebrating a day early because we have some other special photos lined up for tomorrow!


October Book Photo Challenge (via just-one–more-page)

Day Two: Maps

I stole Dusty’s napping spot, so he insisted on being in the pictures.